Simultaneous lane closures planned in Santa Monica

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SANTA MONICA (CNS) – Two unrelated construction projects on Santa Monica’s two busiest north-south streets can be expected to snarl traffic starting Monday, according to construction officials.

Starting at 3 a.m. Monday and lasting for seven days, all north and southbound traffic on Lincoln Boulevard will be blocked at Colorado Avenue, one block north of the Santa Monica (10) Freeway, Metro officials said.

Although the freeway’s exits to Lincoln will remain open to traffic, heavy congestion can be expected as exiting drivers discover they can’t turn onto the busiest street leading into downtown Santa Monica.

Four blocks to the west, lane closures are scheduled to begin next week on Pacific Coast Highway, north of California Incline, where the City of Los Angeles is starting a year-long sewer construction project.

Part-time lane closures there began last week, but drivers were warned that one of the three lanes in each direction on PCH are scheduled for a one- year closure starting sometime in the next few days. A similar sewer project several years ago caused huge traffic backups into Malibu, and on the 10 freeway into Los Angeles.

On Lincoln, Metro contractors are planning to construct twin light-rail tracks along Colorado Avenue at Lincoln, part of the current effort to extend Expo Line tracks from Culver City to the sea. Construction crews will work on the intersection of Lincoln at Colorado on a 24-hour basis from 3 a.m. Monday until 6 a.m. the following Monday.

Limited local access to businesses will be allowed, but no through traffic will be allowed to travel across Colorado on Lincoln at any time, Metro officials said. Drivers normally crossing from one side of Santa Monica to the other via Lincoln will be pointed to the nearest freeway overpasses, at Fourth or 11th streets.

Drivers on the westbound 10 Freeway were encouraged to use the exit prior to Lincoln, at Cloverfield Boulevard, as a detour. But that offramp is jammed, particularly in morning rush hours, with lines of traffic blocking the 10 and ramps at the San Diego (405) Freeway interchange east of Santa Monica.

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